The Gratitude Transformation

Melinda Balling Sarah L CookForty-two days ago, while sitting in the La Fonda Hotel in Sante Fe, NM, I and nearly 100 other female business owners were issued a challenge by Abundance Mentality Coach, Melinda Balling. For 21 days in a row, we were to make a list of at least ten things we were grateful for every morning before doing anything else.

I’ll be honest, there were some days I didn’t finish my list until just before bedtime, but I always did, The List, and the experience has been nothing short of transformational for me. They say that, “what you focus on grows” and that is what happened for me.

As I began each day by contemplating all the things I was thankful for, I brought my Lens of Gratitude more and more into focus and the more focused it became, the more I saw to be thankful for. It was as if, my “focusing”, increased the flow of blessings into my life.

The process began a couple of weeks before Christmas and making the list each day gave me the blessing of SLOWING DOWN and meditating on all that was good in my life. As I settled into a slower pace (which is REALLY not something I was accustomed to), I began to notice more and more of the Little Things in my life, my family, and my business which allowed me to make choices to strengthen my relationships, shift some things in my business, and truly ENJOY life!

I decided today, to share with you just 42 of the blessings I discovered on my transformational journey.

I AM grateful for:

  1. The time between sleep and awaking when inspiration comes as a Divine Download (that’s what Melinda calls it).
  2. The privilege of having a new day to create my life to feel the way I want it to – to serve, live, love, share, forgive, and remember more clearly who I truly am and what I am here for!
  3. Being able to play Dance Central with my kids, thus bringing me health, movement, fun, stronger relationships, and memories of happy times for years to come.
  4. Flexibility in my schedule to design my life and business exactly the way I want to and not have to answer to anyone.
  5. Finding “made for me” wardrobe pieces when I go shopping.
  6. Lunch with John and Nancy Dubensky at the airport in Sante Fe.
  7. My favorite Vega Vanilla Almondilla vegan protein powder to keep me powered up throughout the day.
  8. My feet feeling great in spite of walking so much.
  9. FUN new friends from all over the world.
  10. A wonderful new virtual assistant.
  11. Waking up JUST before the alarm so that I am not startled by it and can ease into to waking with affirmations and scripture.
  12. WiFi signal from the church parking lot so I can get things done while my teens attend their Seminary class at DARK in the morning.
  13. Sac&Co Executive producer booking me for all of 2013 for my Family Financial Cents segment!
  14. Little Man (9 yo) coming up with his business – Jack Jon’s Personal Assisting and getting Advanced on his business presentation.
  15. My daughter’s “Take-and-Bake” cookie sale going so well, that she more than paid for her camp this coming summer and she did ALL the work!
  16. HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY clients that adore me!
  17. Getting mentioned on “Making it in America” show for our book, The Parents’ Guide to Raising CEO kids
  18. Letting go of SO MANY THINGS while in Sante Fe with the assistance of Master Coach, Deb Erickson.
  19. My husband’s book, Grow Your Marriage By Leaps and Boundaries, being published and the first printing being SOLD OUT!
  20. Watching, The Letter Writer with my daughter and then sending it on to a friend for her birthday – the beginning of a Ripple Effect! :-)
  21. Quiet mornings working via the light of our beautiful Christmas tree.
  22. That I still have my children to experience life with while so many others have lost theirs.
  23. doTerra oils that have helped my entire family with so many things from skin flare ups, to migraines, to allergies, and more! Life is so much more enjoyable!
  24. A beautiful website redesign by my dear friend and strategic partner – the one and only , Sweetie Berry!
  25. The Goodwill on 16th and L that has all my favorite brands for pennies on the dollar! Being frugal is fabulous!
  26. Re-learning that DELEGATION is an eternal principle to be embraced!
  27. Saving/investing over 10% in 2012 and paying off the family car in less than 2.5 years!
  28. My 16 yo got a B in his first college class!
  29. The children riding their bikes to take dinner to a neighbor family and loving the experience of helping serve others.
  30. When I pray, Father answers!
  31. Connecting with wonderful people all over the world via social media! Tech ROCKS!
  32. People in my life that make me want to be better, do better, have better, and share better!
  33. The inspired re-connection to my dear friend, Wendy Blake Cutler!  WOW! What a road trip!
  34. Confirmation that WORDS create and can be used as poison or life force!
  35. The best Birthday EVER – breakfast in bed, quiet time to read, oatmeal spice cake, and pumpkin Crème brûlée from my dear friend, Yvonne McCord.
  36. My youngest son learning bigger responsibility by taking care of the neighbor’s dogs for over a week with a lot of help from my husband.
  37. Businesses growing in ways that I didn’t even imagine!
  38. Playing a role in helping people come to Christ.
  39. The experience of Debriefing 2012 — powerful to see where my mindset was in all the different areas of my life and what I created because of my mindset! Clearly, I am a great CREATOR!
  40. Seeing the Windows of Heaven open in so many different areas of my life!
  41. Finding a new school for my daughter for next school year – the perfect match!
  42. 63% off on my groceries and FREE bouquet of spring flowers as I was checking out! Of course, this gratitude and intention stuff works!

Here’s to another 21 days and a transformation for YOU too! :-)



  1. Sarah every day i am thankful you are in my life and my heart. What a God we serve when he connects sweet friends via an online meeting and gives us such a wealth of blessing together in the journey. You are simply marvelous!
    love you!

    • Sweetie, yes, God is amazing in bringing us together! Thank you for being who you are and for striving to become all that God intends for you! Your striving gives me courage to do the same! Love you too, girlie! – Sarah

  2. I accept the 21 Day Challenge! (I am a huge MB fan and listen to her CDS and podcasts)!

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